CANADIAN ESKIMO DOG CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN CODE OF ETHICS


All members of the Canadian Eskimo Dog Club of Great Britain undertake to abide by its Code of Ethics

 

1) Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

2) Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.

3) Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.

4) Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

5) Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

6) Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.

7) Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

8) Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

9) Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

10) Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

11) Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

12) Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.

13) Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).

14) Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.

15) Breeding: There should be a demand for puppies before embarking on breeding a litter. When considering breeding, equal weight should be given to type, temperament, health and soundness. All breeding stock should closely follow the official Kennel Club Breed Standard in all aspects and it is important that all members familiarise themselves with the Breed Standard, with particular attention being paid to the conformation and temperament of the dogs. Dogs, which manifestly depart from the Breed

Standard, are not suitable for breeding nor should dogs with aggressive or nervous temperaments. Breeders should not knowingly breed from any stock which has hereditary diseases. It is advised that all breeding stock be X-rayed for Hip Dysplasia by a qualified veterinary surgeon and that all plates should be submitted to the BVA for hip scoring under the KC/BVA Scheme, even if the hips are poor so that a true picture of hip dysplasia in the breed can be assessed. It is also advised that dogs should be eye tested. No one should breed a litter unless he/she has the right facilities for dam and litter, and the time to devote proper care and attention to rearing the puppies and the well being of the dam. Members will be honest in dealing with prospective buyers and fellow breeders and will endeavour to co-operate towards a programme of improvement for the breed. The breeding age for Dogs is 18 months and for Bitches 24 months. Members who own stud dogs should be aware of the need to improve the breed and enhance the reputation of sires. They should refuse stud services to inferior specimens of the breed. A stud dog owner must be satisfied as to the conditions under which the litter will be reared and acknowledge their own responsibility for the resultant litter. No bitch will be bred from twice within a 12 month period. Breeders shall keep accurate records of all their breeding stock.

16) Puppies: Ideally no puppy should leave the breeder before 8 weeks of age and in any event never before 7 weeks of age. Breeders will agree to sell puppies microchipped, a contract between the breeder and purchaser and to offer to replace/refund the purchase price should the puppy develop a defect to such a degree that it has to be put down. After two independent vets have advised this and the breeder has been properly notified. It is recommended that breeders offer insurance cover on any puppy they breed for at least the first four weeks in its new home and encourage the new owners to continue cover. Prospective buyers of puppies should be screened for suitability and ability to provide long term homes. They should be made aware of the characteristics and needs of the breed. These include the need for training, grooming, exercise, family contact and the need to socialise as soon as possible. Each purchaser should be provided, at the time of sale a signed contract, an accurate pedigree, a Kennel Club transfer form and a registration certificate. He/she should also receive food and/or a diet sheet and information about training, worming and vaccination. Advice should be given about suitable books and membership of the breed club. It is further recommended that breeders provide a DNA profile for any puppies they have bred. No puppy, which has a physical defect or shows a clear departure from the Breed Standard, should be sold without the buyer being made fully aware of the defect or departure from the Breed Standard.

17) Conduct: Officers and Committee of the Breed Club must always be ready to help with members' problems or advice, whenever possible. Members should at all times conduct themselves to reflect credit on the ownership of their dogs.

18) The rapid growth of social media technologies combined with their ease of use and pervasiveness make them attractive channels of communication. However, these tools also hold the possibility of a host of unintended consequences. To help you identify and avoid potential issues we have provided some examples of best practices which are intended to help you understand, from a wide range of perspectives, the implications of participation in social media. For a further in depth overview of the policy please refer to the Kennel Club webpage: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2014/september/kennel-club-issues-advice-on-social-media-use/

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.

Last updated

05/09/2016